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Tonight, beginning sometime after 6:30pm, the Oakland City Council is expected to adopt the fiscal year 2013-2015 budget (item #9).  The importance of the budget can hardly be understated: this document will control the City’s expenditures over the next two years.  The budget is where the Council is called upon to put its money where its mouth is; more than any other document, it reflects the values and priorities of our elected leadership. In April the Mayor submitted her budget to the City Council, which proposes $487 million in...

Make Oakland Better Now! will be present at the next Oakland City Council Meeting on June 13th at 6:30pm to urge the City Council to adopt the Mayor’s proposed budget with Council President Kernighan’s proposed changes.  This post is the second in a series to look at the budget amendments proposed by Council President Kernighan and those proposed by Council Members Brooks, Reid and Gallo.  We encourage all Oaklanders to join us at council in urging your representatives to adopt a budget reflecting the city’s need for public safety...

On June 13, Make Oakland Better Now! will be present at the Oakland City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m., urging the City Council to adopt the Mayor’s proposed budget with Council President Kernighan’s proposed changes.  This post is the first in a series to look at the budget amendments proposed by Council President Kernighan and those proposed by Council Members Brooks, Reid, and Gallo.  More information can be found in the Oakland Tribune’s Coverage, here, and Chip Johnson’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle, here (paywall). ...

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 114 Montecito, Make Oakland Better Now! will sponsor a public forum, “Can Oakland Afford to Be Safe?,” featuring Chief of Police Howard Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and key staff members to discuss the connection between Oakland’s budget challenges and the need to rebuild the Oakland Police Department. All concerned Oaklanders are urged to attend. Meanwhile, we are beginning our analysis of the mayor’s proposed policy budget and its impact on public...

Tonight, the Oakland City Council will take up the issue of a “Dog Park” at what is now called Astro Park, the popular green space bordered by Lakeshore, Mac Arthur, and Grand Avenues next to Lake Merritt and between Oakland’s Adams Point area and the China / Haddon Hill area. To be frank and clear, that park is for kids and always has been. The people who advocate for a fenced dog park seem to value dogs over kids, and take photos of the park when it’s not being used (like the one here) – as if to imply...

Frankly, this should not be an issue, but Oaklanders living in District 7 should reelect Oakland’s long-time, legendary City Councilmember, and Council President Larry Reid. This blogger has known Larry since 1995, when he was then the chief-of-staff for then-Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris. Larry has always cared for those most in need in Oakland, and has worked to give his area what he feels it needs most, and does: jobs and activities. The jobs are for adults, and can be seen in the number of businesses along Hegenberger Road,...

Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente’s in hot water over a campaign approach that overstepped the bounds of appropriate taste in his battle for the current At-Large City Council seat held by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. VOTE FOR KAPLAN FOR OAKLAND AT LARGE A letter sent by the The East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club this evening says that Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente issued what the club, and Stonewall chair Brendalynn Goodall called “a series of homophobic attacks launched against incumbent citywide Councilwoman...

In this Oakland News you know it’s just 48 hours before election day when on Saturday night, you see Nyesha DeWitt’s campaign truck parked on Broadway at 10 PM. Have to admit, this blogger’s never seen a U-Haul used to get out a candidate’s vote, but that was the case here: So with that, let’s assess the Oakland City Council races, starting with a video interview I conducted with Lynette McElhaney, who’s running for the Oakland City Council’s District Three seat and another one with comments...

TownPAC’s Executive Director Sean Ebon Glenn asks me, Sean Sullivan, about Education, Community Schools and how it relates to my city council run. I appreciate TownPAC’s commitment to education and was happy to sit for this interview. ...

On the matter of the Oakland City Council races and Oakland politics, I wish I could cotton to the Sean Sullivan, Richard Fuentes, Ignacio De La Fuente triumvirate more, but I get the cribbles just listening to some of their tales of past accomplishments – which jabber doesn’t jibe with my memory of how things really got done in Oakland, West Oakland in particular. Sean Sullivan said in a recent D3-wide candidates forum that he’s been “deeply involved” in the Army Base dialogue. Huh? I’ve been sitting...

A Safer City; A Safer Oakland Our campaign for Oakland City Council has focused on improving Public Safety, Creating Jobs and Smart Growth and Restoring Essential Neighborhood Services. Some people have asked why Public Safety is my number one concern. Can’t we just create jobs? Won’t the kids on the street corners just jump off and run to these new jobs? In a crisis such as this, we must do everything we can to stop the death and destruction of lives. As board chair of the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-violence, I...

Yesterday, I had the fortune to launch on Zennie62 and also, get respond to some queries on Love, Health and Advocacy. I first met Tanya Love when she came to a house/store party I had in Uptown at Inkwell Tattoo Studio in February. I have been excited to watch how she has covered the Oakland council through Twitter. She left Wednesday night’s forum with more questions than answers and asked three more questions on her blog. I will be responding to them over the next few days. Here is what she asked & what I said first about...

Oakland Police are in trouble again. This video was posted on July 31st on YouTube, and captures an incident that happened in front of Awaken Cafe near 15th and Broadway. According to the YouTuber bellaeiko, or Jessica Holley, (the same Jessica Holley who at one point said she was running for the Oakland City Council District Three Seat) the two men were just...

A bit of an Oakland shocker until you think about it: Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner just landed the endorsement of the Oakland Police Union called the Oakland Police Officers Association. Here’s what Jane told those on her email list: I am excited to announce that the Oakland Police Officers Association (OPOA) has endorsed my campaign for City Attorney. In...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan returned from a trip to Brazil and in general a number of travel obligations that kept her out of Oakland far more than she was in it over the last five months, and to a swarm of controversy about her 100-blocks initiative that, on Wednesday June 27th at 2 PM, degenerated into the most disastrous press conference this blogger has ever seen...

This video was made on the evening of the June 12th Oakland City Council District Three Candidates Forum. This blogger was fresh in town from what was my fifth trip back to Atlanta, Georgia this year so far (in fact, I didn’t plan to attend the event because of the flight schedule), and took a walk along Bellevue just as Sean Sullivan was walking out of a...

The Oakland City Council is going to change, here’s how you can get involved. Since we live in a world where incumbents seem to win 110% of the time, it’s a huge deal when they don’t run.  And once in a while, there’s a chance for seismic change when more than one decide not to run for re-election simultaneously. That’s exactly the situation on the...

In this Oakland News we have politics elections. First, I’m asking you, Oaklander, to vote for Donald Macleay for Oakland City Council District One, Sean Sullivan for Oakland City Council District Three, and Abel Guillen for California Assembly District 18. And as an addition, Rebecca Kaplan for the At-Large Seat. (Note, this is for the entire year; some voting...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan can rest now. The effort to recall Mayor Quan is officially dead (along with the website photo that gives her green lipstick) according to its originator, Oakland’s long-time enabler Gene Hazzard. Gene sent a text pointing this blogger to his official website called “removejeanquan.com” and two letters posted on Friday May 11th, (yesterday) which officially called his attempt to gather signatures to place a recall vote on the November ballot, over. Gene writes: “I am officially informing...

Angela Woodall’s fun to argue with, even if this blogger can’t get a word in edge-wise. What the Oakland Tribune Reporter did on Thursday was call me to complain that I mentioned her extensively in my recent blog posts (haven’t done a video yet) about the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex, and blast me for my expressing what is my view of...

UPDATE: Mayor Quan Pissed Over April Fools Joke. Fans of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums believed he was on a good track to recover what some others had said was a failed effort as Mayor of Oakland, and expected him to announce his run to be reelected as far back at late 2009. But, and while Dellums did hold out almost until mid 2010 to make an official announcement, a report from a City Official source who does not want to be named, asserts with evidence that Quan and Dellums had an affair that started in mid year 2009, and continued until...

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, or “Joint Powers Authority”, or “JPA” is known for its rather clubby politics, at times so much so that it leads many to question how it operates. One of those who’s done so, or formed a conclusion, is Oakland Tribune Reporter Angela Woodall. Woodall regularly covers the JPA, so her Twitter tweet released on March 16th is valuable (the screen shot was taken in case Woodall deletes the tweet). This is what she tweeted: ‏@AngelaWoodall It is not an exaggeration...

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, concerned that the public has the wrong idea about the redeployment of what the City of Oakland calls “Problem Solving Officers”, wrote “a letter to the community” which appears below. It essentially says that 35 police officers are still placed in each of the City’s 35 police beats, but 22 officers were reassigned to what is called the Crime Reduction Team. That group works in the same 100 block area, but where Jordan’s letter misteps a bit is in its explanation...

A lot of Oakland News to catch up on so let’s get started. First, Kathy Neal called to explain that yes she’s out of the race for the 18th California Assembly District Seat, and while she’s not yet endorsing a candidate, the person she’s definitely not backing is AC Transit Board Member Joel Young. What Neal can’t get over is Young’s behavior and that, even with his domestic violence challenges, he still has supporters. But the complex fact of political life is that it looks just as bad to bail...

According to the Daily Kos, and other blogs, a number of the 400 people arrested during last Saturday’s Occupy Oakland protest were sent to Santa Rita Jail, and of those who were not able to make bail set, they’re reportedly being tortured. Yes, you did read that correctly. Here’s what was presented at Daily Kos’ member’s AoT: Just got out of Santa Rita Jail last night the prisoners from the Oakland Commune were being denied medications (some had seizures) while the guards said they didnt care if they...

The City of Oakland and Alameda County must reject AEG, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, from being even considered as stadium manager for the Oakland Coliseum, and for one reason: AEG does not have the best interest of the Oakland Coliseum in mind. Why would an organization openly court the Oakland Raiders to move to Los Angeles, work to buy a portion of the team at a cut-rate price (something that Colts Owner Jim Irsay has threatened to block), and yet turn around and even think to ask to replace SMG (Spectacor Management Group) as...

The reports are all over that Major League Baseball’s long-delayed report on the Oakland A’s in Oakland, and if they should be given permission to leave Oakland for San Jose, will be released “soon,” and the verdict is that the A’s will be given permission to move to San Jose. If Oakland Mayor Jean Quan doesn’t want to give Oaklanders yet another reason to think about recalling her, she needs to throw a massive punch right to the collective noses of Major League Baseball, San Jose, and The Oakland...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is facing two things: a recall signature gathering process and the wrath of Oaklander Ken Pratt. This blogger literally ran into Mr. Pratt at last night’s benefit for Occupy Oakland, and he gave a video interview that can only be called searing. Pratt’s massively pissed off that Mayor Quan’s aide Sue Pier was, Pratt claims, gathering information about him, and in the wake of Pratt’s attacks on the Mayor calling her “The Queen Of Blight.” Pratt came to the September 20th Oakland...

Is the Oakland Business Community really behind the planned recall effort of Mayor Jean Quan? As one blogger who’s lived in Oakland since 1974, it’s easy to gain the temperature around town because people either call or talk about the matter every day, including today. Let’s say this: the issue of the recall of Mayor Jean Quan is not being officially driven by any recognized Oakland large business organization, as of this writing. Indeed everyone who’s talked to this blogger, and in total, that’s adding...

Now that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan did a good move in bring Anne Campbell Washington back to Oakland, this blogger has one request: don’t fire her for hugging someone who may disagree with you! Because that’s exactly what happened to Anne Campbell Washington in 2008. Washington, who comes from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, took it upon herself to give an elderly woman who came to speak against an appointment to the Oakland Housing Authority by then-Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, a hug. That caused Mayor...

On a 5-2 vote, The Oakland City Council approved a resolution that was crafted by Council President Larry Reid (District 7), Councilmember Pat Kernighan (District 2), and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan (At-Large) to direct over $6 million to hire new Oakland Police Officers if if Measure I passes in November. Oakland voters have already received their ballots this week. If the measure passes, it will allow “the City of Oakland to spend over $5 million on police officers, as well as funding for public safety technology and youth violence...

I will be a guest and part of a panel on the matter of Deborah Edgerly, Mayor Dellums, and the “state” of The City of Oakland, Thursday Morning June 25th on KQED’s “Forum,” 88.5 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a call-in show. I don’t — yet — know who the other panelists will be. ...

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IT’S ELECTION DAY – GO VOTE We will have recaps late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. And also a brief on who and what to vote for in local SF and Oakland races. …That is all. ...